Westminster street sign design protected by copyright
Prominent designer Sir Misha Black’s 1960s street signs for
Westminster City Council is now the sole owner of the iconic red-and-black lettered enamel steel signs, as well as of the copyright to their original drawings and design briefs from Black’s estate.
Anyone wishing to reproduce the signs, many of which mark
Councillor Danny Chalkley, cabinet member for transport and economic development, says, ‘We bought the copyright as we felt we needed to retain an element of control over the signs to maintain
Created by Black in 1967, the enamel steel signs are said to have become synonymous with
The council bought the copyright from Black’s estate, which is represented by his son Oliver Black. Anyone wishing to copy the signs should contact Westminster City Council to discuss their particular requirements.
According to the council, any copyright fees levied by the council will be ploughed back into frontline services for